Get Division I football off of college campuses immediately. It is not an amateur sport. The vast majority of athletes have ZERO interest in being student-athletes.

The NFL needs to fund its own developmental league. Look at European soccer. Do top-notch European universities have paid athletes? No, they don’t.

And then, there is this:

“… there’s actually a kind of hierarchy among the top-tier football programs.  According to Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, authors of The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football (2013), figures from the 2010-11 academic year show that only 22 of the 120 top-tier football programs broke even or made a profit.  That means that while these big-time teams generate millions of dollars of revenue, the cost of running such programs usually exceeds that revenue.  To put that more starkly, even within the so-called top tier, 82% of college football teams actually take away money from the university’s budget, rather than generate net revenue.” Ethos’ Ben Mangrum

Some visual fun, for those times when you’re lookin’ for fun…

http://allezrouleur.tumblr.com/archive

Da Deltas

First time in riding with these brakes that they’re wearing new shoes! Not a bad way to close out the summer 2015 cycling campaign…

My Tommasini Diamante was built using the famed Columbus Multi-Shaped tubeset. Here is an article detailing the finer points of the tube technology.

http://www.anvilbikes.com/the-columbus-ms-tubeset-another-forgotten-orphan

Okay, that is good news, but I cannot help but completely agree with this comment a reader made on the New York Times website:

Jack in Minnesota wrote:

“What a joke! The Confederate flag, hanging at the State House in SC, is a straw man that is diverting attention from where it should be. Smart Republican ploy that the Democrats tripped into without thinking. Gun control, voting rights, incarceration rates of African Americans – those are more hateful signs of racism than the little flag hanging in Charlston. Those are the issues candidates should be talking about.”

If we celebrate this political maneuver too much, we’re in serious danger of blocking out the bigger issues across the U.S. and particularly concentrated in a state like South Carolina.

Okay, this needs to stop. You’re not an Michelin star chef, you’re not even a Commis chef, you’re a fucking overweight housewife in America. It’s not “protein,” it’s a piece of red meat. It’s a dead mammal. It’s flesh and muscle and tendons. Just call it meat! You’re not Gordon fucking Ramsay. So cut it out already.

Ah yes, the 2015 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Playoffs have been announced.

Notre Dame vs. Duke

Syracuse vs. North Carolina

To be played this weekend…in Philadelphia! I’m no cartographer, but none of these schools are located in Pennsylvania. Syracuse, probably the closest, is around a what 4-5 hour drive. Duke and UNC are more like 8-10 hours. And ND, I don’t even want to guess.

Two of the teams are located in central NC, 8 miles from each other. In terms of the university calendar winding down, does it make sense to have these student-athletes head up to Philadelphia on Wednesday or Thursday and return late Sunday or Monday? Why not have it at a neutral site in central NC?

I shouldn’t care, as I know the world, and the NCAA, are all about money and not what makes sense. But this is fucking stupid. If even the lowly sport of Division I lacrosse, which I played, is now corrupted and driven by money, it only makes me shake my head to consider how dirty the football and basketball “amateur” sports the NCAA oversees have become by 2015. Disgusting.